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Monday, May 24, 1999 Published at 02:51 GMT 03:51 UK


Power firm offers eagles £2m home

The eagles could get their own hunting ground

A grouse moor costing £2m is to be created for a pair of golden eagles, to protect them from a new wind farm.

Scottish Power is building Britain's most powerful wind farm on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland, where the birds of prey live.

It hopes that by creating the feeding ground, it can divert them away from the development, protecting them from the 40 metre (130 feet) high wind turbines.

The birds are believed to be the last pair living in the area and are thought to have nested there for several years.

[ image: The pair of eagles are thought to have nested in the area for several years]
The pair of eagles are thought to have nested in the area for several years
Scottish Power has offered to build the moor north of Beinn an Tuirc, where the windfarm is set to open in two years.

The moor would be stocked with prey such as red grouse and rabbits, and a full-time ranger would be employed to manage the site, which would also benefit other birds of prey in the area.

A Scottish Power spokeswoman said: "This project breaks new ground. It sets a precedent which will be watched closely by others in the industry."

There are currently more than 400 pairs of golden eagles in Scotland.

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